Help students strengthen their literacy skills by increasing the complexity of the questions they need to answer about a text.
Enrich students’ understanding of a historical or literary figure by having students draw the figure’s life journey.
Students mimic a town hall meeting as they share their perspectives on a topic.
Structure a discussion that uses journaling and group work to strengthen students’ listening skills.
Facilitate thoughtful group discussions by having students first share their ideas in writing and with a partner.
This discussion strategy helps students practice being both active speakers and active listeners in a group conversation.
Use this debate-style activity to strengthen students’ ability to use evidence and examples to defend their positions.
Structure an active class discussion in which students express their opinions by standing along a continuum.
Students have a written conversation with peers and use silence as a tool to explore a topic in depth.
Students clarify aspects of their identity or the identity of a historical or literary figure by writing poems that focus on deeper elements of personal makeup like experiences, relationships, hopes, and interests.